Sun. 5:00 PM PST
3-0, Jan. 30/13
H. Sedin: 8-20-28
|9-5-1||HOME RECORD / ROAD RECORD||8-4-3|
|2.53 (20)||GOALS PER GAVE AVERAGE||2.61 (17)|
|3.20 (27)||GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE||2.52 (10)|
|0.89 (21)||5 ON 5 GF / GA||1.12 (9)|
|14.9 (24)||POWER PLAY %||12.9 (29)|
|80.2 (18)||PENALTY KILL %||81.2 (16)|
|50.7 (14)||FACEOFF WINS %||47.2 (28)|
|767 (10)||HITS||661 (20)|
|524 (2)||BLOCKED SHOTS||359 (28)|
|133 (24)||MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN||125 (21)|
Vancitydan posted an excellent recap of the Canucks - Kings game earlier (Canucks Copulae) and the key words he used to described that game were "low event". It was a less-pretty more gritty and more consistent win by the Canucks over the Stanley Cup Champs. Dan also mentioned that it would be less likely that we'd see the same type of style game on Sunday against the Avalanche since they play a much more wide open style that what L.A. plays or can play. I agree with his assessment, and as long as the Canucks keep pulling out character wins, I don't really give 2 shits how they go about it. However....
The power play is now tied for worst in the League with..Buffalo. Yea. And the lack of scoring depth shows on the goals-for category. 9 goals in their last 5 games. So they rely heavily on super goaltending, which Cory Schneider has given them in their current winning streak. That's why it was great to see the Canucks play a much-better team D against the Kings. If they are not going to be able to score goals with a depleted lineup, then they have to keep the puck out of their own net. And that is not just on the goaltender. It's 2007 all over again. So, I am not encouraging run and gun hockey from this team unless they start scoring more goals. And maybe run and gun is possible against a last-place team, but don't bank on it. It's the second game of a back-to-back on the road after an emotional game against the Cup champs. The Canucks are gonna be tired.
-A single point earned and the Canucks will take back the Northwest Division.
-The Avalanche are also playing their 2nd game in as many nights. They lost to Dallas on Saturday night.
-The Canucks are 1-0 without Alexander Edler and play their best defensive game of the year. Trade the BUM!
-Last I heard, Manny Malhotra was working with the Chicago Wolves. Maybe he should be with the Canucks showing them how to properly win faceoffs.
Sedin - Sedin - The Invisible Burrows
Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen (kick ass)
Higgins - Lapierre - Ebbett
Gordon - Sestito - Weise
Hamhuis - Garrison
Alberts - Bieksa
Ballard - Tanev
FOR THE AVALANCHE
Landeskog - Duchene - Hejduk
McGinn - Stastny - Parenteau
Mitchell - O'Reilly - Jones
Kobasew - Olver - Aaron Palushaj
Hunwick - Johnson
O'Byrne - Hejda
Stefan Elliott - O'Brien
- Canucks are 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Canucks are 42-15 in their last 57 vs. Northwest.
- Canucks are 31-12 in their last 43 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Canucks are 1-10 in their last 11 Sunday games. Oh god, not again..
- Avalanche are 20-44 in their last 64 vs. Northwest.
- Avalanche are 14-38 in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Avalanche are 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE
Only PeaceJo and team pinnelli scored points last game for picking Mason Raymond to score the winner. Congrats!
Twin Terror: 10
patrik e: 7
Meat Mayos: 4
Nathaniel Perlow: 4
Geordie Nuck: 2
Sean Zandberg: 2
Kent Basky: 1
team pinnelli: 1
The last meeting:
One thing about Shane O'Brien: He's loyal to the team he plays for, and his former teams be damned:
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